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psychology

I can has cheezburger… and pathos?

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The first time I saw a lolcat—those funny images of felines with grammatically questionable captions—it took me a minute to understand the joke. “What’s with the misspellings?” I wrote the friend who’d IM’d me the link. “Cats are dumb and can’t spell?” “Pretty much,” my friend replied. “And they have…

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The Art of Now

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The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life’s sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. by Jay Dixit, Psychology Today A friend was walking in the…

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Will Shortz, Crossword Puzzle Genius

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Pleasantville, N.Y. — As crossword puzzle editor of the New York Times, Will Shortz is responsible for 365 crossword puzzles a year. He doesn’t write them all himself—he relies on a stable of freelance puzzle creators—but he is charged with ensuring that every puzzle is at the right level of difficulty…

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How to Build a Psychological Immune System

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The new psychology of post-traumatic growth: how get through tough times and bounce back stronger than ever. Why is it that failure wipes some people out, while others bounce back? The answer is something called resilience: the ability to not take failure personally by realizing that failing at something doesn’t…

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Vigil at the Armory

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Note: This article was originally written on assignment for Rolling Stone. Vigil at the Armory As family members waited for news of survivors, they had to contend with prank phone calls, Tony Soprano jokes and the dull ache of dwindling hope. BY JAY DIXIT, special to Salon.com NEW YORK — It’s…

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politics and personality

Psychology Today: The Ideological Animal

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Psychology Today The Ideological Animal by Jay Dixit Cinnamon Stillwell never thought she’d be the founder of a political organization. She certainly never expected to start a group for conservatives, most of whom became conservatives on the same day—September 11, 2001. She organized the group, the 911 Neocons, as a…

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Psychology Today: The Power of First Experiences

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Psychology Today Heartbreak and Home Runs: The Power of First Experiences by Jay Dixit Patricia was a 15-year-old high school cheerleader in her 10th year of Catholic school. Chuck was a basketball star, a senior from the rough side of town. One night after a high school mixer where everyone…

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Open mic comedy

The New York Times: Take My Life, Please

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The New York Times Take My Life, Please by Jay Dixit It’s comedy night at the Parkside Lounge, a dark dive on the Lower East Side, but nobody is laughing. The first person to stand up is a dark-haired man wearing a beleaguered expression. He talks about his time in…

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